Here are the answers to some questions that you've asked so far. Please let us know if you're unsure of anything else, as this page will be updated regularly with new questions & further information.
When can I apply for a bus pass?
Our bus & transport information for September is now available on our website.
If you live in the Penrith area, please complete this short form to enable us to plan transport provision for September.
What financial support is available?
Bursary Funds are available to all full-time students to support the cost of transport, equipment, meals, childcare, trips, etc.
The guidance notes, and application form are available on our website.
Can I come & have another look around?
You are welcome to join our upcoming tours, and details of tour dates are on our website. Please note though that tutors aren't available at these events for course information, so if you have any questions regarding the course, please let us know.
Is there a dress code?
There is no whole-college uniform, though in some subject areas, there may be uniforms and PPE that you are required to wear in practical or professional areas or occasions. You have freedom of expression and can wear what makes you feel comfortable. This has to be within the boundaries of public decency, and clothing should not feature obscenities or references to substances or activities not allowed within the student behaviour agreement.
When are the Enrolment Days?
Wednesday, 23rd August 2023
Access to HE, Under 16s, Vocational Studies.
Thursday, 24th August 2023
A-Levels, Business, Education & Childcare.
Friday, 25th August 2023
Agriculture, Animal Care, Health & Social Care, Science.
Tuesday, 29th August 2023
Construction, Engineering, Motor Vehicle.
Wednesday, 30th August 2023
Barbering & Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Hospitality & Catering, Sport, Outdoor Adventure, Uniformed Services.
Thursday, 31st August 2023
All Arts & Media Campus courses.
It's important to attend the date for your department to discuss course preparations with your tutors. In exceptional circumstances (for example, if you have a pre-booked holiday), we will arrange another opportunity for you to attend. Please get in touch asap if this is relevant to you.
During your enrolment, you will be given your induction timetable, collect your ID card, and have the opportunity to discuss bus passes, parking permits, and bursary applications.
What happens on Enrolment Day?
You should set aside 2 hours to enrol.
On Enrolment Day, you will:
- Have your examination results checked (if you haven’t met the entry requirements, you will be given information & advice about other courses available).
- Enrol on your course.
- Receive your induction timetable and have your photo taken for your college identity card.
- Collect a car parking permit for £1 (if relevant).
- Pick up your bus pass (if relevant).
Please bring the following with you:
- Your full exam results, including English & Maths GCSEs (for example, Certificates, Candidate's Statements of Provisional Results).
- Phone numbers for you and your next of kin (for an emergency).
- Email addresses for you and your parents or guardians (if aged 16-18).
- Evidence of identification, for example, bank card, driving licence, passport or national insurance card.
- Any fees and/or completed forms requested by your courses (if applicable), for example, workshop fees for Art & Design, Performing Arts, and Theatre & Event Technology.
It's important to attend the date for your department to discuss course preparations with your tutors. In exceptional circumstances, we will arrange another opportunity for you to enrol. Please get in touch asap if this is relevant to you. If you have already told us that you are unable to attend, we will be in touch the week beginning 21st August with an enrolment time during Induction Week.
Your Induction Week begins on Monday 4th September 2023. You won’t need to attend every day this week – you will be given an induction timetable on your Enrolment Day with the days and times to attend.
What days/times will I be in college?
As we accept applications throughout the summer, timetables aren't confirmed until Enrolment Day/Induction Week, as they depend on student group numbers.
Course days vary from 3 to 5 days a week. As we have students from a wide catchment area (Carlisle to Blackpool to Millom & beyond!), we try to group learning together rather than ask you to attend college for five days with free periods (although this is unavoidable for A-Level students). If you are in college for 3-4 days, you will have the same number of guided learning hours, but these will be condensed, enabling you to focus the other days on completing work and gaining work experience.
Can I add an A-Level to my course?
Adding an A-Level to your programme may be possible, but this depends on whether the timetables for both programmes will be compatible. T-Level courses include a significant work placement element, so combining T-Level with A-Level study is impossible. If you requested to add an A-Level on the application or at the interview, this has been recorded.
If you have changed your mind or would like to request to add an A-Level, please get in touch.
What else can I get involved in at college?
There are many opportunities to get involved in college life. Tom (one of our previous students) gives an insight into class reps, ambassadors, governors, clubs & societies, student discounts and more in this short film.
What can I do after the course?
Your course will enable you to develop your skills & knowledge to help you make a decision regarding your next steps. You could decide to progress onto employment or further study in the subjects you have studied or use the transferable skills you have gained to progress in a different area. We have a dedicated website to support you with this.
Local job vacancies
Looking for a part-time job over the summer holidays?
Browse local job vacancies on our Your Bright Future website!
If you have any queries about the above, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
t 01539 814700